*This article originally appeared at thehockeywriters.com/mapleleafscentral
If Dave Nonis plans on being active before the trade deadline on April 3, Jay Bouwmeester should be a primary target.
The 29-year-old comes with a hefty cap-hit at $6.68 million, which runs through next season, but he’s exactly what the Toronto Maple Leafs require: a first-pair defenseman capable of playing tough minutes.
Bouwmeester ranks third among NHL defensemen in Corsi QoC (quality of competition) at even strength, behind only Dion Phaneuf and Mike Weber. He averages over 25 minutes of ice-time per game with over three of those minutes coming on the penalty kill. Acquiring a pla...
After a four day break, the Flames get back at it tonight as the Colorado Avalanche come to down for the first of five meetings between the two clubs this season. The Flames are coming off a huge victory on Saturday against the Oilers, while Colorado played last night in Vancouver, falling 3-0.
Hockey is back and it does not get much better than that. The Flames are looking to get back on the winning track as their chances to break their three season playoff drought might not be any better than in a shortened 48 game season. Here is the Flames season preview